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  1. Personally i wouldn't go above 14lb for flatties using lures. I use 3lb braid and 6lb leader, most of the flatties i catch are between 55-65cm and have no issues with getting cut off as they're all lip hooked (unless i'm not holding my rod and they've had time to swallow it)
  2. I've got a demon blood 962 for spinning off the rocks for kings (and I also use it off the beach to spin or bait fishing for mulloway). It's an absolute weapon - heaps of stopping power and casts lures a mile. Whichever demon blood model you get I'm sure you'll be happy as they are quality blanks.
  3. Shimano shore spin 9ft and a 4000 sized spin reel with 10-20lb braid & 20lb leader. That's a light setup that would be ideal for spinning 40- 60gram metals for salmon/tailor/bonito and rat kings. I had one similar when I first got into spinning of the rocks and beach and you could spin all day with it. Works great for.just general beach fishing aswell. If your chasing big kings off the stones then forget everything I just said haha.
  4. Nice work! I've always tended to lean towards a locked half blood knot (not sure why, probably because it was the first knot I learnt) for terminal tackle. I do however use Uni knot for heavier/thicker diameter leaders (40lb and up). I find when I tie 60lb leaders (black magic tough leader) the more turns the harder it is to get the knot to cinch down and finish nicely. I normally max out at 4 turns. I wonder if the same findings ring true as you go up in line sizes. E.g. maybe less turns would be better as the knot can lock down on itself.
  5. Hi All, I'm looking to get a new rod & reel to chase Estuary jewfish and big flathead on soft vibes & plastics. Most likely be throwing 10-14g vibes and 1/4oz+ jigheads. I'm eyeing off the new daiwa certate LT 2500 for the reel loaded with 6-8lb braid. The rod I'm undecided on - I'm leaning towards a 3-6kg rod (nothing heavier, have also considered 2-4kg) and have narrowed it down to either a samaki zing extreme 7ft 3-6kg, the upcoming samaki zinger extreme gen 2 (also 3-6kg) or a Nitro Baby Viper (or if anyone has other suggestions). The Nitro Baby Viper is quite old now and is more expensive (approx $350). However I do own one of their light bream rods (which is also old) and the blank is really really nice. Does anyone own a Nitro Baby Viper and if so how does it compare to rods with 'newer' technology of today? I have a heavier setup (10-16lb samaki zing extreme rod, 10lb braid, daiwa bg 2500) which I originally bought to get into this type of fishing but I just don't find myself using it and it feels kind of cumbersome/lacking in feel. After something lighter to fill that void and would leave the 10-16lb setup for those bigger lures. Cheers, macca
  6. I went out brisbane waters Saturday morning and struggled. I was trying new techniques for most of the time (flathead on big topwater lures) which resulted in few strikes but no hookups. When i did try flicking plastics in my usual spots for flathead i just couldn't get one, it was frustrating. Week prior i nabbed a couple of decent flatties and a 75cm king in the same spots.
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    Tinny fit out

    Nice work mate, looks great. I used the same stuff for when i did the flat floors in my tinny 10 years ago, i remember it being a little bit pricey because you need to buy part a and part b. I used Form ply sealed with Everdure and wrapped in marine carpet, 10 years on and it's still in mint condition and has been stored outside the whole time (with a boat cover though which helps!).
  8. I know you're looking for a cheaper second hand one, though for < $1000 you can get some decent new trailers. I got a "Seatrail" trailer for my 13ft tinny and have had it for about 7-8 years now and its been great i think it was approx $900 registered back then.
  9. I've got 20lb tasline on a 5000 stradic that i use for flinging metals off the beach/rocks for salmon & tailor. Casts exceptionally well and haven't had any issues.
  10. In the past three years I've only caught 3 jewfish off the beach which is nothing crazy or unbelievable, however each of these captures occurred on the same day (25th May) at almost the exact time (7:45 - 7:50pm) across multiple locations. Now its not like i only go fishing for jew once a year at those times, i'd estimate I've fished off these beaches at night probably 30+ times in that period, with the only captures falling on the same date/time each year. So pretty much i'm cursed to only catch jewfish at 7:45pm on the 25th May haha
  11. For beach fishing at night in winter i wear wetsuit pants (3mm i think), wetsuit boots and just a shirt/weatherproof jacket combo and find this to be pretty versatile, comfortable and keeps me warm. I tried going the light/thermal style bottoms instead of wetsuits at first but you end up getting wet eventually and then it becomes cold and uncomfortable. Wetsuit was way more comfy.
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    Yes. If traps are banned then any method that isn't by line and hook (snagging them is essentially the same as trapping, they get caught up in the stockings/mess of line). If traps are banned in the area use a handline, running ball sinker, hook and mullet for bait.
  13. I've had an motorguide xi5 55lb for past 3+ years and it hasn't skipped a beat. As with most other owners i did have paint bubbling/rust forming near the prop on the lower unit which got replaced under warranty (Dropped it off one weekend and picked it up the next!), although i believe its simply cosmetic. The auto deploy and adjusting the depth collar would be awesome (though i always worry theres simply more to go wrong there / would hope you could still manually deploy and adjust depth), i hope motorguide end up releasing an equivalent in their range.
  14. Hey mate i'm on the coast as well and its something I've always wanted to try but never have. I don't know of any specific ledges that are known to produce. Few things I've read about but never put to practice is that they hang around gravel bottoms which are mostly further out off the rock ledges/ away from the reefy stuff (need to put in big casts). Also apparently great times are just after there's been big swells as they get pushed off the outside reefs and bommies and come closer in. Again these are things that I've read/heard and have no experience targeting them off the rocks.
  15. Live yakkas is number one for me. When rock fishing while having a live yakka out a unweighted half/whole pilchard in the wash can be quite effective.